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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier
An Audio Marvel Smaller Than a Matchbox and Less Than 3.5 Ounces: Ultra-Portable Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Packs an Unbelievable Sonic Punch and Plugs into Any USB Input
No words aptly describe the seriously unbelievable sound produced by the ultra-compact, ultra-thin, ultra-portable, and ultra-powerful Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC/headphone amplifier. The tiny wonder weighs a mere 3.5 ounces, yet this award-winning USB DAC/headphone amplifier has amazed dyed-in-the-wool audiophile press the world over, winning rave reviews from the US to the UK to Germany to Asia and all points in between. An astoundingly affordable way to exponentially improve your computer audio and headphone performance, DacMagic XS connects to any USB port and even includes a headphone amplifier that delivers ten times more power than most laptop soundcards. Yes, this minuscule device packs quite a punch.
"If you're looking for a USB DAC that will improve computer audio — but not break the bank – Cambridge Audio's DacMagic XS is a leading contender."
– Sound & Vision
Smaller than a matchbox, DacMagic XS uses technology from Cambridge Audio's high-end DACs. As a result, any file—from MP3s to high-resolution lossless, streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, Skype, games, and even films—sound fuller, richer, and more detailed when played through DacMagic XS. So, if you've paid for a higher-quality subscription service, DacMagic XS allows you to hear what you're paying for. Also, by plugging in via a cable, DacMagic XS removes any risk of flex or movement damaging your computer's USB port. It also avoids adding a bulky and easily damaged lump to the side of your laptop.
"It sounds solid, stable and refined ... the DacMagic XS is excellent for the money, and easily outpoints most DACs we've heard anywhere near this price."
– What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
Sonically, DacMagic XS delivers the bass, clarity, and power missing from your digital audio when it's played through a computer or portable device's DAC. Its built-in headphone amp increases the punch of your headphones, delivering ten times more power (150mW) than most laptop soundcards manage. Even in the noisiest environments, you will hear more of your music and won't have to worry about background noise.
"Given how masterfully it handles hi-res sources in particular and its sterling work with lower-quality material, it isn't hard to say that this is probably the best entry-level DAC around."
– Hi-Fi Choice, Recommended Product review
Despite its size, DacMagic XS comes packed with smart features. Its analog volume control is easily adjusted with the tap of a finger. Not only does this design choice improve sound quality, it also means no more combinations of button presses with two hands, or several mouse clicks to change volume. A convenient LED shows current sample rate, so you always know if you're getting the right level of detail. When running in Class 2 mode, DacMagic XS can also use Cambridge Audio's dedicated Windows USB Class 2 USB driver (driver not required for Apple computers). This allows you to bypass the computer operating system's poor audio path, preventing unwanted interference and re-sampling.
"This tiny device sounds spectacular, and its ability to turn any computer, Mac or PC, into an audiophile-worthy source can't be understated."
– Digital Trends
At home, DacMagic XS can also bring the same attention to detail to your existing hi-fi set-up. Use it as the link between your laptop and home hi-fi amp and be free of the space implications that accompany a larger DAC. Micro USB and 3.5mm headphone connections ensure pain-free connectivity. It's also built to last, with a sleek, sturdy black aluminum case that minimizes interference and protects the electronics from shock and breakage.
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- Plugs into PC/Mac via a single USB connection for both power and audio
- Dramatically improves audio quality on all digital audio, including MP3s, high res audio files (e.g. FLAC or WAV), streaming services, films and games
- Headphone amplifier built in for deeper bass and times more power than a standard laptop headphone output
- Portable Headphone Amp is easy to use and small enough to be carried anywhere and everywhere
- Connect your laptop to your hifi system for better sound at home
- Built to last with sturdy aluminium casing